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What's the best computer science profession to pursue?

Asked Dayton, Tennessee

Should I go for computer programming, IT, computer technician, or anything else? I love working with computers and I'm not sure which one is the most fun or best paying. #computers #technology #it

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Ken’s Answer

Updated Cleveland, Ohio

The best computer science profession to pursue is the one that matches your personality. It is important for you to get to know yourself better to determine this and then talk to people involved in various areas of computer science to get to know more about the inside view of suitable career areas.


Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .




Ken recommends the following next steps:

  • Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
  • Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
  • Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. You can locate them by asking your school academic advisor, favorite teachers, and the reference librarian at your local library. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
  • It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##

Luis’s Answer

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softwar developer are responsible for creating and enhancing applications for cell phones, tablets and other mobile devices. This is a great career  for someone who has a “big picture” mentality and likes to collaborate with others to bring ideas to life. Knowing coding basics and having an aptitude for math are also important.

Luis recommends the following next steps:

  • Earn a degree in computer science or a related field. Most software engineer positions require a bachelor's degree.
  • Begin programming immediately.
  • Study data structures and algorithms.
  • Supplement your studies.
  • Build software.
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Thanks for the fantastic info! I've actually already dipped my toe into coding and stuff and it's surprisingly fun. I should start toying around with languages and software to get a feel for it before college. Thanks!

Abe’s Answer

Updated Santa Clara, California

Dustin, I agree with the previous answers. There are many areas that need qualified software developers, such as, Website frontend and backend development, security software development, Artificial Intelligence, IoT (Internet of Things) software and hardware development and others.

Abe recommends the following next steps:

  • Take computer classes in High School if they are available
  • Obtain a Computer Science Degree in an accredited college or university
  • Consider a post-graduate degree
  • While in college, try to figure out what area of computer science you enjoy the most.
  • Look at start-ups, as well as, established companies

Garrett’s Answer

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Dustin, most technology careers pay well, but because they are so different it depends on what you love most, if you love hardware go into a field that deals with the hardware if your into software go for that ! Information Security is a new up and coming career that is also fun and rewarding !

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Awesome. Thanks for the amazing info. I'll see where college takes me and find out what I'd love to do for a living. Thanks!